Green gift shop opens in Dover
BRATTLEBORO >> Eco-tique is all about offering products that have stories behind them.
"It's green gifts for home, baby and bride," said owner Liz Fryer. "I'm trying to be a made-in-New England, as much as possible in Vermont, eco-friendly gift ware shop."
The new store is between Ugly Duckling Yarn and 1846 Tavern & Restaurant on Route 100 within the historic district in West Dover. The space spans approximately 1,000 square feet.
"The building was the Deerfield Valley Real Estate building and old Post Office," said Fryer, estimating it was closed for four years before she bought and renovated it.
A grand opening party will be held on Friday, Feb. 5, between 3 and 6 p.m. The store will open an hour earlier. Fryer hopes local inns and the business community will show up so plans can be made around collaboration. A second party is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 15.
Eco-tique will be open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. An open flag will be displayed when Fryer's there.
The goal is not only about offering gifts. Also considered are prices. Fryer said "cute" bracelets and necklaces were purchased from a big Connecticut company.
"We have giant peanut butter cups and cool food," she said. "You can put together a nice basket for a friend for a real reasonable price."
There are vases and dishes from Rising Meadow Pottery, of Middletown Springs. Their story excited Fryer.
"He (potter Nicholas Seidner) goes out in the woods and digs for things used in their glaze," said Fryer.
Garland Goat Soap, of Leicester, was chosen for the store due their practices. They raise and milk the goats used in their products.
"I like to have a connection and know it's authentic and original," said Fryer. "So many people aren't as engaged in the process."
Bowls and cutting boards from the Wilmington-based Vermont Bowl Company are available at Eco-tique along with products from another Vermont company, Danforth Pewter. Babies and children may be interested in a line of toys made in Middlebury called Maple Landmark. Local artist Ann Coleman's paintings are hung in the back of the store and made-in-Vermont hand-blown glassware from Simon Pearce are on the shelves.
Products from Liberty Tabletop, of Sherrill, N.Y., the only flatware manufacturer left in the United States were picked up by Fryer.
"It's our first partnership in the state," said Amy Mulligan, of Liberty Tabletop.
Perfumes from a California company and jewelry from a Hatfield, Mass.-based artist can also be found at Eco-tique.
"It's a nice assortment I picked up. I'll keep getting more and more stuff in," Fryer said. "Since I just opened, it's nearly impossible to have everything."
There is something for everyone in every price point, she said, and bridal registries can be filled out at the store too.
Fryer has lived in the area for 10 years. She purchased a place in Timber Creek five years ago and still owns a house in New York. Her daughter attended Mount Snow Academy and now goes to Stratton Mountain School.
After employment at the Grand Summit Hotel at Mount Snow, Fryer said she decided she needed a bigger project and purchased the building located at 112 Route 100.
"I did all the renovation over the course of the summer," she said. "It was all cubbies and departmentalized as the real estate office was all chopped up."
The floor, Fryer explained, was brought back to the original way it was in 1827.
"It's beautiful," she said. "It's one big room. It's a really great space."
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